Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Wednesday, March 17

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Urge representatives to support seniors

Gov. Cuomo is in the hot seat for nursing home deaths. Should we be outraged? Yes!
Cuomo said in an early press conference that these facilities are on their own. He left them to fend for themselves and even told them to take covid patients, while giving them no additional resources.
We worry that our local restaurants and businesses won’t be here after covid. Please worry that our nursing homes won’t be here either.
Two Capital Region homes have closed already.
Cuts in reimbursements are proposed again in the current state budget. Many of these places are nonprofits, getting by on a shoestring.
They have to cover additional covid protocols, equipment, testing, staff out sick, with more empty beds, which are relied upon for revenue.
Covid has made us reconsider our values and priorities in a number of ways. Our seniors have built our communities, fought in our wars, raised our families, and served us in so many ways.
They deserve a place of dignity and respect in our hearts. And if they should need nursing home 24-hour care, this should be valued by our society and adequately funded so that they can live out their days with dignity.
Please consider writing to your representatives on this topic.
Let’s show them we care by advocating for better funding, Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates, and even relief monies to survive the pandemic.
Cathy Bryson
Scotia

Actions at vaccine center bring comfort

In these times of heartbreaking loss for so many, I can’t begin to understand the grief of those who have lost loved ones.
To them I hope the following will bring a little comfort.
My wife and I recently went to the vaccination center at UAlbany and discovered how much the good folks there are working to safeguard the living.
I was particularly impressed by the military (National Guard?) personnel standing, in the bitter cold and wind, waiting to direct anyone who might need some help. Terrible things happen.
But goodness persists.
Wayne Roberge
Niskayuna

 

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William Marincic

You know there are many ways to cheat in an election. When the FBI refuses to charge someone because it’s political and it could hurt that particular party, its cheating. When a news media makes up stories and lies about a particular candidate while burying stories on the other candidate, it’s cheating. Changing election laws illegally just before a major election, its cheating. The movie Lion King is eerily similar to the last election if you change Scars name to Biden.

Funny we didn’t hear anything about election cheating in 2016 from you Bill, only now when your candidate lost. It’s really quite pathetic how much whining and complaining is going on now from the Trump supporters. They just can’t fathom how President Trump lost just four years after being elected. Well for one, Donald Trump barely won the 2016 election (just 80,000 votes in three states were enough for him to win the electoral college). Secondly, he wasn’t very popular; only president ever to not have an approval rating over 50% at any time in his presidency, averaging just 41% approval throughout. Why don’t you ask Elise Stefanik whether the election in her district was rigged in her favor? Or Joni Ernst? Or Lindsey Graham? Or Susan Collins? Doesn’t it seem odd to you that Joe Biden won the state of Maine by 9 points, and Susan Collins, a Republican, won it by that same amount? Tell me then Bill, which one of the parties was cheating in that election? Maybe you should just admit to yourself that Donald Trump wasn’t liked by as many voters as you think there were. That regular people, whether they’re pro-choice or pro-life, pro-LQBTQ or anti-LGBTQ, pro-guns or pro- gun control, agreed on one thing back in November; that Donald Trump didn’t deserve four more years in office.

Sarah Burris on RawStory just published a fascinating article which goes into how OAN worked with Ukrainian operatives to discredit Biden and Schiff’s prosecution of Guiliani.

NOTE: I’m cutting and pasting part here because I know and can prove it’s veracity and claims. There has been absolutely no, zero, evidence presented to substantiate ANY claims by the alt-right and tRump worshippers.
None.

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The One America News channel confessed in 2019 that it was working with active Russian agent (Andriy) Andrii Derkach less than a year before President Donald Trump’s administration revealed him to be working for Russian intelligence.

According to a tweet that is still visible on OAN’s account, the network did “over a half dozen interviews with Ukrainian officials, including Ukrainian MP Andrii Derkach, pic shown.”

The network did a series of propaganda films they called “documentaries,” claiming it would prove that now President Joe Biden was enthralled in a Ukraine scandal that never existed. While conspiracy theorists continued to perpetuate the lies, Trump’s intelligence staff concluded that Derkach was working with Russian intelligence in Ukraine.

Derkach was also named in the recently released report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that said Russian intelligence was working with Trump allies and conservative news outlets to promote false propaganda.

“A network of Ukraine-linked individuals—including Russian influence agent Konstantin Kilimnik—who were also connected to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) took steps throughout the election cycle to damage US ties to Ukraine, denigrate President Biden and his candidacy, and benefit former President Trump’s prospects for reelection,” said the report. “We assess this network also sought to discredit the Obama administration by emphasizing accusations of corruption by US officials, and to falsely blame Ukraine for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.”
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https://www.rawstory.com/right-wing-networks-russian-agent/

Marincic, you have “Traitor” written all over you and your stooge associates. None of your accusations, insinuations or fantasies have any basis in truth and only serve to clarify your willingness to overthrow the government of the United States.

“On Wednesday…the United States Postal Service found “no evidence” to support the claims of a supposed “whistleblower” in Pennsylvania who claimed ineligible mail-in ballots were being illegally backdated. It was a story pushed by former President Donald Trump and his associates to support conspiracy theories that the election was illegitimate.”

“Richard Hopkins, a mail carrier in Erie, alleged in November that he overheard the local postmaster discussing plans to backdate ballots received after the Nov. 3 vote and pass them off to election officials as legitimate,” reported Jacob Bogage and Shawn Boburg. “Working with Project Veritas, a nonprofit that seeks to expose what it says is bias in mainstream media, Hopkins publicly released a sworn affidavit recounting those allegations.”

Hopkins actually recanted his allegations soon after making them. Despite this, he was still held up as a hero and a validation of Trump’s voter fraud claims, with Republicans around the country even contributing $136,000 to a GoFundMe page promising to support him in case he is “wrongfully terminated” from his job.

LOUIS RESTIFO

You’re such a piece of work Fred.-
I’ve got five words for you, connect the dots:
Trump, Putin, bedfellows, election, influence.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Additionally, couldn’t agree with you more on this one…
“When a news media makes up stories and lies about a particular candidate while burying stories on the other candidate, it’s cheating.”
My suggestion to resolve that issue would be to stop watching Fox propaganda.

Some say they’re really Mark Mahoney himself trying to keep traffic up to the “Letters” page.
Just what they say on the street…

FRED BARNEY

Please I am the one that wrote that diversifying the police force is either part of a long term breeding program or the Democrats’ program for hiring people who do not meet the standards of the white applicants. I also pointed out that you want cops who know when to and not when to shoot.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Fred, There you go again with the police “breeding program”. WOW!!!

“Please I am the one that wrote that diversifying the police force is either part of a long term breeding program or the Democrats’ program for hiring people who do not meet the standards of the white applicants. I also pointed out that you want cops who know when to and not when to shoot.”

Your standards apparently mean they must be white. And apparently you think when to shoot is when you see a black man running.

FRED BARNEY

Thanks for the flattery.

By the way you might tell us how allowing drug cartel members in to the country is socially desirable

CYNTHIA SWANSON

Have you noticed how Fred always changes the subject, but never answering a question? Get your covid shot yet, Fred? Are you registered?

Wanna bet he doesn’t answer those questions either!

LOUIS RESTIFO

Perhaps you some of your buddies have some social get togethers get good and smoked up and have some alt-right talk. That might explain some of your posts.

William Marincic

ABC News President Ben Sherwood, who is the brother of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a top national-security adviser to President Obama.
His counterpart at CBS, news division president David Rhodes, is the brother of Benjamin Rhodes, a key foreign-policy specialist.
CNN’s deputy Washington bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Tom Nides, who until earlier this year was deputy secretary of state under Hillary Rodham Clinton.
White House press secretary Jay Carney’s wife is Claire Shipman, a veteran reporter for ABC.
NPR’s White House correspondent, Ari Shapiro, is married to a lawyer, Michael Gottlieb, who joined the White House counsel’s office in April.
The Post‘s Justice Department reporter, Sari Horwitz, is married to William B. Schultz, the general counsel of the Department of Human Services.
[VP] Biden’s current communications director, Shailagh Murray (a former Post congressional reporter), is married to Neil King, one of the Wall Street Journal‘s top political reporters.

CYNTHIA SWANSON

Bill, just what are you accusing all these people of? Intelligent people married to other intelligent people? Are you calling all of them liars? I think your paranoia is showing. Quite frankly, it’s a very interesting group of men and women.

He has no idea. It’s another cut ‘n paste from somewhere and he thinks it points to another conspiracy we should all credit him with discovering.
Outdated too, since David Rhodes is no longer with CBS. Which leads me to also point out that Ben Rhodes co-hosts an excellent podcast once a week, “Pod Save the World”, where foreign policy issues are discussed in depth. Very balanced, very insightful.
Not something a tRump-humper would be interested in though.

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